Musings —10.04.2011 06:24 AM—
On the weekend, PC campaigns started to distribute leaflets that need to be seen to be believed. One was lifted entirely from an advertisement that ran in the Toronto Sun and the National Post. The ad featured a wide-eyed child under the banner: “Please! don’t confuse me.” It falsely suggested that the Ontario sex-ed curriculum taught children how to be “transsexual, transgendered, intersexed or two-spirited.”
To its credit, the Post apologized “unreservedly” for the ad after it ran, saying: “the ad exceeded the bounds of civil discourse” because of its manipulative use of imagery and “in the suggestion that such teaching ‘corrupts’ children.” The Post declared that it would donate the money it received for the ad to a lesbian, gay or transgendered cause.
(I strongly objected to the Sun running a variation of the same ad. Defending the ad as an expression of free speech, to me, is wholly unconvincing. The Sun has frequently refused to run advertising in the past, for all sorts of reasons. Therefore, I too plan to donate what I receive from the Sun this week to an LGBT cause).
Despite the controversy — or perhaps because of it — the contemptible ad was reproduced in its entirety by one PC candidate in Willowdale, complete with a statement indicating that the pamphlet had been officially authorized by the Ontario PC campaign.